Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Detroit Lions DE Kerry Hyder and Brandon Copeland out for the Season

Detroit Lions lose two players for the season during the first preseason game.

Kerry Hyder tore his Achilles on the second series of the game. He was a projected starter at DE. He led the team in sacks, hit and tackles for loss in 2016. With Ansah, Washington, and Bryant all hurt this is a major blow to the Lions defense.

Here is a tribute:

Hyder had 8 sacks, 11TFL and 11 hurries in 2016.
17 games 2 starts 36 tackles 8 sacks
Good luck Kerry

Brandon Copeland tore his pec in the third quarter of the game. Copeland was a valuable back up at DE and Sam Linebacker. He was a core special teams player. His injury hurts the Lions depth and coverage units.

Here is a tribute:

32 games 1 start
30 tackles 0.5 sacks

Good luck Brandon

Monday, July 31, 2017

Detroit Lions Training Camp roster moves 8/14


Lions waive OG Matt Rotheram. Sign OG Connor Bozick.

Connor Bozick UDFA rookie
College: Delaware 46 games 24 starts
Pro Day: 6045 293 5.34 20 27.5 8.06 7.56 4.7
Contract 3 years

Analysis: The Lions guards are awful. They need to find someone who play left guard. Doubt this is the guy.

Lions place RB Mike James On Injured Reserve

Lions place DE Kerry Hyder on Injured Reserve

Lions waive WR Ryan Spadola from Injured reserve


Lions Waived TE Brandon Barnes and re-sign TE Tim Wright

Tim Wright 5th year in the NFL 41 games 11 starts  3rd year in Detroit
Trade 2015 Bucs
Regular season: 9 games 9/77/2 rec in Detroit 89/907/13 rec in NFL
College: Rutgers 25 games 50/596/4 Rec
Pro day: 6030 219 4.65 19 36 910 7.27 4.47
Contract: 1 year

Analysis: A pure receiving tight end who played for the Lions in 2015 and the Patriots in 2014. Torn ACL in the spring of 2106 shelved him for the year.


Lions waive/injured WR Ryan Spadola and CB Des Lawrence. Sign WR Dez Stewart and CB Tramain Jacobs

Tramain Jacobs 4th year in the NFL 1st in Detroit
FA 2017 Giants
Regular Season: 8 games 3 tackles
College: Texas A&M 55 tackles 1 int 1 FR
Pro Day: 5105 182 4.5 7 32.5 906 7.07 4.31

Jacobs has bounced around the NFL and has experience. Will compete for a the slot job.

Dez Stewart 2nd year int he NFL 1st in Detroit
Fa 2017 Steelers
College: Ohio Dominican 43 games 196/3197/25 rec
Pro Day: 6000 203 4.43 36 1002 7 4.3

A guy with size and speed. Can be a return man. Bounced around last season.


OT Tony Hills Retires from the NFL. Hills was signed to give the Lions some depth at Tackle.

Lions sign journeyman OT Nick Becton. Another guy trying out for the swing tackle position.

Nick Becton 5th year in the NFL 1st in Detroit
FA 2016 Chicago
NFL Career: 6 games
College: Va Tech 45 games 13 starts
Contract: 1 year
Combine 6052 323 5.2 19 29.5 901 7.77 4.57

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Detroit Lions place 4 players on inactive lists updated 8/7

Detroit Lions have placed 13 players on either the PUP or NFI list. They are not able to practice until they are activated. If they start the regular season on the list, they will not count against the 53. They can be activated in a window starting after the Lions bye. The players can be activated anytime during the preseason or camp.

PUP List


OT Taylor Decker Torn Labrum

OT Corey Robinson Foot injury in the regular season final last season.

DE Ziggy Ansah (Ankle)

Non-Football Injury List

P Sam Martin Ankle

Detroit Lions ranked in the top 400 in the NFL

99Ziggy Ansah4-3 DE
117Matthew StaffordQB
128T.J. LangRG
173Darius SlayCB
183Taylor DeckerLT
188Rick WagnerRT
238Eric EbronTE
253Golden TateWR
259Glover QuinFS
288Marvin JonesWR
294Haloti Ngata4-3 DT
306Theo RiddickRB
343Tahir WhiteheadSTACK LB
344Tavon WilsonSS
351Kerry Hyder4-3 DE
382Armonty Bryant4-3 DE

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Armonty Bryant and Khyri Thornton suspended by the NFL

The NFL has suspended two Detroit Lions defensive lineman.

Armonty Bryant has been suspended for 4 games for violating the NFL drug policy. This is his third suspension since the beginning of 2016. He was waived by Cleveland in 2016. This really hurts the Lions depth at DE. He has likely played his last game for Detroit.

Here is a tribute:

5 games in Detroit
4 tackles 3 sacks
2 suspensions

Khyri Thornton was suspended 6 games for violating the NFL drug policy. He was counted on the rotate at Defensive Tackle. Thornton signed a 2 year extension in the offseason. This opens the door for Ego Ferguson and Jeremiah Ledbetter to make the initial 53 man roster.

Here is a tribute

19 games 6 starts 23 tackles 1 sack
Look the Lions to be active in trying to land another lineman for camp.

Detroit Lions to be suspended:

Rodney Austin 2015 (Domestic Violence) Austin was released .
Mikel Leshoure 2012 (Pot)
Suh 2 games 2011
Travis Lewis 2012 (PED)
Shaun Rogers 2006 (PED)
Tommy Bennett 2001 (PED)

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Detroit Lions training camp preview Specialists

Detroit Lions were really extraordinary on Special Teams last season. Ranked # 6 by Football Outsiders and # 2 by Lindy's.

Special Teams tackles

Golden Tate8893610.6059318.60
TJ Jones7598.40510621.20
Dwayne Washington000.0024623.00
Keshawn Martin948589.11802,00125.00
Jared Abbrederis000.0025226.00
Jace Billingsley*141319.40531,39926.42
Jamal Agnew*1721612.71000.00
Carey 11
Killebrew 8
Williams 7

Matt Prater  12th year in the NFL 4th in Detroit
FA Broncos 2014
Regular Season: 42 games 73/85 FG 88/93 XP
Playoffs 2 games 4/4 FG 2/2 XP
Preseason: 14/15 FB 7/8 XP
College: Central Florida 46 games 50/74 FG 108/117 XP
Contract:1 year $4.325 mil

Pro Bowl season in 2016. Clutch kicks. Valuable player.

Sam Martin 5th year in Detroit
5th round pick 2013
Regular Season: 64 games 282/46.8 ave
Playoffs 2 games 9/41.5 ave
Preseason: 47/45.7
College: App State 226/41.6 AVe
Contract 3 years $3.325 mil

Great season in 2016. 2nd best net punt ave in history. Snubbed in the pro bowl.

Don Muhlbach 13th year in Detroit
FA 2004
Regular season: 196 games 25 tackles 1 FF
Playoffs: 3 games
Preseason: 5 tackles
College: Texas A & M
Pro day: 6037 255 5.28
Contract: 1 yer $695,000 cap hit

The senior member of the Detroit Lions. Last link to the Millen era and the 0-16 team. Pro Bowl 2013.

Kasey Redfern 4th year in the NFL
FA 2017 4 teams
College: Wofford 146/39.6 ave punts 11/19 FG 52/56 PAT
Contract: 1 year $495,000

A camp Leg. Can kick and Punt.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Detroit Lions training camp preview Safety

Lions Safety play was a strength last season. Playing up to four safeties at one time. Much more to expected out of Killebrew and an uncertainty over Tavon Wilson has clouded the position.

2016 STATS
Glover Quin1668251
Tavon Wilson1589220
Miles Killebrew1628110
Don Carey1413001
Alex Carter10000
Charles Washington#00000
Rolan Milligan00000

2016 Leaders

Wilson 89
Quin 68
Bush 53

Quin 2
Bush 2
Wilson 2

Quin 5
Bush 3

Glover Quin
Tavon Wilson
Miles Killebrew
Don Carey

Raphael Bush

Glover Quin 9th year in the NFL 5th in Detroit
2013 UFA Texans
Regular Season: 64 starts 264 tackles 16 int 28 PBU
Playoffs: 2 starts 8 tackles 1 pbu
Preseason: 14 tackles
College: New Mexico 36 games 34 starts 156 tackles 7 int
Combine: 5106 204 4.56 22 38 911 7.39 4.43
Contract: 3 years $7.87
PFF Rank: #23
Si.com Rank: #259

Steady player who is the leader of the defense. Signed to a two extension thru 2019.

Tavon Wilson 6th year in the NFL 2nd year in Detroit
2016 UFA Pats
Regular Season: 15 games 14 starts 89 tackles 2 int 1 sack
Playoffs: 1 start 7 tackles
Preseason: 9 tackles
College: Illinois 214 tackles 3 int
Pro day: 5116 205 4.52 17 32 1004 7.04 4.16
Contract: 1 year $1.65
PFF Rank: #21
Si.com Rank: #344

A solid season in 2016, ranking # 8 against the run. Ran into problem with a domestic violence allegation. Future is up in the air.

Miles Killebrew 2nd year in Detroit
4th round pick 2016
Regular Season:  16 games 28 tackles 1 int 1 pBU
Playoffs 1 game 1 tackle
Preseason: 9 tackles 1`FF
College; Southern Utah 356 tackles 4 Ff 3 int
Combine: 6017 217 4.65 22 38 1007 6.93 4.18
Contract: 3 years $684,640

Found a niche a nickel linebacker. Might have to play more safety in 2017. The future of the position for the Lions.

Don Carey 9th year in the NFL 7th in Detroit
FA 2011 Jags
Regular Season: 71 games 12 starts 125 tackles 2 int 8 PBU 1 FF 2 FR 1 td
Playoffs 3 games 6 tackles
Preseason: 16 tackles 2 PBU
College: Norfolk State 179 tackle 10 int
Pro Day: 5112 192 4.6 18 32.5 1002 6.87 4.2
Contract: 1 year $1.162

The third longest tenured Lion. A great special teams player and a stop gap Safety and slot corner. Starting the season of PUP.

Alex Carter 3rd year in Detroit
3rd round pick 2015
Regular Season: 1 game
Preseason; 4 tackles
College: Stanford 40 games 33 Starts 146 tackles 2 int 5 FF
Combine: 6001 196 4.5 17 40 1001 4.07 7.05
Contract: 1 year $465,000

A bust from the Mayhew draft days. Moved to safety and has a chance. Probably on the practice squad.

Charles Washington 2nd year in Detroit
UDFA 2016
Preseason: 4 tackles 1 PBU
College: Fresno State 50 games 202 tackles 3 int
Pro Day: 5102 190 4.48 18 41 1005 7.23 4.48
Contract: 1 year $465,000

A good special teams player. Well liked by the coaches. Practice squad.

Rolan Milligan 2nd year in the NFL 1st in Detroit
FA 2017 Cowboys
College: Toledo 11 games 48 tackles 3 ff 2 int UAB 8 Starts 54 tackles
Pro Day: 5102 195 23 35.5 910
Contract: 1 year $465,000

Bounced around in his rookie season. A special teams guy. No shot. Starting the season the PUP list.